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Local heroes remembered as Memorial Day approaches

Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. Source: WLBT Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. Source: WLBT
Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. Source: WLBT Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. Source: WLBT
Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. Source: WLBT Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. Source: WLBT
Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. Source: WLBT Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. Source: WLBT
Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. Source: WLBT Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. Source: WLBT
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Families, friends and fellow soldiers of fallen heroes gathered on the lawn of Parkway Cemetery in Ridgeland on Friday. 

Some made the ultimate sacrifice protecting America.

Dozens came out for their annual Memorial Day ceremony on the warm spring morning.

"It's a very heartwarming way to honor fallen comrades and I'm sure it brings up memories in the minds that participated in those wars," said Sidney Richer, general manager of Parkway Cemetery.

They share a common bond -- some lost loved ones, others dear friends and this a way to honor those that gave their everything for our country.

"We have five crosses that represent WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the desert wars," said Richer. "We had a representative from each war present here today. They placed a wreath on the cross in honor of those brave Americans."

Even at age 98, WWII veteran Byron Tanner has the images of war burned in his memory, especially those in his group, who weren't able to come back home.

"All those guys was left, didn't get to come home and we had a lot of them," said Tanner. "I lost one."

46 veterans have been buried in this cemetery in the last year.

This is the twenty-third annual Memorial Day ceremony for those laid to rest, who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

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